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Best base camp for touring the area?

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Best base camp for touring the area?

Looking for the best location for touring ghost towns,Gila Wilderness & other state parks .Coming from Carlsbad & will be here one or two nights depending on how much there is to see.

Other historic or outdoor things in the area?

Thanks for any info

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1. Re: Best base camp for touring the area?

If you are looking to see the Gila Wilderness, you probably want to stay in Silver City. What ghost towns are you thinking of? 1-2 days is not a lot of time to travel the long distances between sites and see things. The Gila is beautiful and depending on how much hiking you plan to do, could easily take 2-3 days. VLA is close, another 1/2 day minimum. White Sands on the way to Silver City, possibly Lincoln County and Cloudcroft. You could spend a week just exploring the area between Carlsbad and The Gila Wilderness in southern NM.

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2. Re: Best base camp for touring the area?

Thanks for the info...we thought 2 nights using Carlsbad as our base & then 2 more nights farther west..We don't have a full week as we are driving in from Kansas.Just started planning,looking for recommendations on ghost towns & other things unique to the area.

Thanks!

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3. Re: Best base camp for touring the area?

From Silver City, you have a choice of several ghost towns.

The town of Mogollon (pronounced muggy-OWN) is about 1-1/2 hours from Silver City, and while you can visit anytime, the residents are open for guests primarily on weekends. Note that the town is open from May to October (your post didn't indicate what time of year you plan on visiting).

Also close by is the ghost town of Steins (pronounced STEENS even though it's spelled like STINES). It's open Monday through Saturday and is an hour's drive from Silver City.

Shakespeare ghost town is open one weekend each month; check their website at http://www.shakespeareghostown.com for dates and details.

There's lots to see and do in and around Silver City; if you tell me more about your interests and when you plan to visit, I can make additional specific suggestions.

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4. Re: Best base camp for touring the area?

Thanks for the info.We plan to drive Monday labor day 9/06 so will be there during the week not on the weekends.Plan to be in the Carlsbad area first.

Maybe stay 2 nights there & then looking for a place to stay with more historic character in Silver City for 2 nights before starting back.Just started planning so nothing is set in stone yet.

I have not seen any good reviews on hotels in Carlsbad..Help?

Just want to hike some shorter trails,we are flatlanders from Kansas so nothing too hairy.Looking for history & nature mostly.

Thanks for any help...

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5. Re: Best base camp for touring the area?

If you're looking for an interesting place to stay in Silver, then the Palace Hotel is for you. It's rickety, a little shopworn, but it's cheap and located right in the heart of the historic district. Note that it does not have A/C, but it's usually cool enough at night not to matter; also note that all rooms are on the second floor and there is no elevator... so if climbing stairs is a problem, this hotel is not for you.

I can't help you with Carlsbad-- it's been at least ten years since I've been there.

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